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General Overview and Overseer Listing

In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth and regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the composition, duties and powers of the Salem State University Board of Trustees are articulated within the university's bylaws. The board is charged with the fiduciary management of the institution, including determination of fees, establishment of personnel management policy, staff services, and the general business of the institution. Among its responsibilities, the board elects the president with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, awards degrees in approved fields, and develops the mission statement for the university consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.

The board of trustees consists of 11 voting members. Ten members are appointed by the governor, at least two are alumni of the university and one of whom is elected thereto by the university alumni association.  Elected alumni members shall be elected every five years. Members are appointed to serve for five year terms, but no member shall be appointed for more than two consecutive terms. Student members are elected by the student body and serve one year.

Regular meetings of the full board are held four times annually and are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions. Committees of the board convene prior to each open meeting and on an as-needed basis. The board currently has five standing committees: executive, academic affairs and student life, risk management and audit, finance and facilities, advancement, marketing and communications. Meetings usually take place on the Salem State University campus.

Contact the trustees.


  • A. Thomas Billings '72, '75G, EdD
  • Elizabeth Cabral '17
  • Alyce Davis '75, EdD 
  • Dino DiPalma
  • Stephen Immerman, EdD
  • Thatcher Kezer '88
  • James Lampassi '81, vice chair
  • Yalile Maldonado '09, '20G 
  • Paul Mattera 
  • Samanda Morales '98, chair 
  • Samantha Webb '26

SSU Trustee Community Open Forum Topics: If you'd like to suggest a question or topic for an upcoming full Board of Trustees meeting, please do so here.

Board Meeting Calendar

Academic Year 2025 (all meetings are remote)

Trustee Committee Meetings—begin at 3 pm unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, September 25, 2024

Thursday, October 16, 2024—Audit Committee  

Wednesday, January 22, 2025

Wednesday, March 26, 2025

Wednesday, May 21, 2025

Regular Board Meetings—begin at 5 pm unless otherwise noted

Thursday, October 16, 2024—early start follows Audit Committee

Wednesday, February 12, 2025

Wednesday, April 9, 2025

Wednesday, June 11, 2025

Special Meetings

These meetings will be announced when scheduled


Posting of Meeting Agendas and Meeting Format

Except in cases of emergency, final agendas with anticipated discussion topics are posted 48-hours in advance of the meeting.

Remote meetings – Please note that Governor Healey has extended provisions pertaining to the Open Meeting Law to March 31, 2025. Login information will be provided within the posted agendas.


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